Remains of Roman bath house that was excavated in the 1970s then reburied form centrepiece of Novium museum
The most spectacular object in Chichester's gleaming new museum is also the largest and costliest to display, filling the ground floor. When the £7m building opens to the public on Sunday, local people will be get the chance to see a treasure that has been buried under an unlovely car park for most of their lives.
A substantial well-preserved chunk of what was an enormous Roman bathhouse complex was found in the 1970s, when 19th-century buildings were demolished. Since it was too fragile to leave exposed, it was buried again.
The museum, designed by architect Keith Williams, had to be stepped carefully across a deep pit, which now reveals the Roman remains, 1.5 metres below street level, enclosed by glass cases holding the bits and bobs dropped by the last bathers almost 2,000 years ago: dress pins, ointment and oil jars, a regimental badge.Via http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2012/jul/06/chicester-museum-roman-past